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10 Most Widely Spoken Languages In The World

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 20 February 2014, 12:21 Hrs   |    4 Comments
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Bangalore: Every year 21st February is celebrated as International Mother Language Day with an aim to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. Taking this opportunity, let us check out the 10 most widely spoken languages in the world, as compiled by Ethnologue Survey.

1. Mandarin:
With over 1.2 billion speakers spread across the world, Mandarin is the most spoken language by the people of the world. It is one of the many Chinese languages, which include Cantonese and Xiang, in the Sino-Tibetan language family. Mandarin is the widely spoken language among Chinese languages, and is the official language of Chinese mainland and Taiwan. It is also one of four official languages of Singapore. The major populations of Mandarin speakers in the United States and Europe are mainly attributed to the large scale immigration from both Chinese mainland and Taiwan. In Mandarin, there are only two writing systems-Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese.

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Reader's comments(4)
1: Mandarin is an indigenous language and only spoken by native Chinese. It is not a popular or significant language for non natives.
Posted by:Nestle - 28 Feb, 2014
2: What is the criteria of ranking these languages. If the number of speakers is the base then how Hindi could be at 5th place as it is reported in the article, Hindi is spoken by 800 million people across the globe.
Posted by:Mukesh - 20 Feb, 2014
3: High time Hindi was one of the UN languages. BTW, English as spoken in various countries, or even districts, is entirely incomprehensible to other English speakers. Try to understand Harlem speakers or Liverpudlians or typical Scots! Same with Arabic: e.g. Moroccans may not understand Syrian Arabic. Few Arabic countries understand each others' Arabic (From The Economist).
Posted by:bhk - 20 Feb, 2014
4: Gayauzia > Gagauzia
Magnolia > Mongolia :)
Posted by:llama - 20 Feb, 2014